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In 2012, prepare for the unexpected in the
mysterious realm of the Dragon, says Feng
Shui's Juliana Abram.
The Chinese have a unique calendar
system commonly known as the
'Farmers calendar' or the 'Hsia
calendar'. It is an enthralling
system that provides us with information
about prevailing elemental influences at any
given point in time. It makes use of the five
elements -- water, wood, fire, earth and metal
-- and their cycles to determine the various
aspects affecting the world in any given
In Chinese astrology, the Dragon, being
the fifth animal to hear the call of Buddha, has
many attributes that make up its character.
Those born in the Year of the Dragon are
generally eager and enthusiastic, representing
energy in all its forms. Possessed of enormous
potential they are rarely petty and are
predisposed to great generosity. Dragons
usually have enormous pride filled with great
integrity so they are particularly guileless.
Driven by their inner convictions, Dragons
make formidable and untiring opponents.
2012 is the year of the Water Dragon and
it is influenced by two elements, water and
earth. So this coming year is represented by
the image of Yang Water sitting atop Yang
Earth. In accordance with the cycles of the
five elements, earth controls and can destroy
the water element. This dynamic elemental
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relationship between water and earth
promises better international relationships,
but not necessarily an entirely peaceful year.
The Yang Water and Earth Dragon are
a frictional combination with the earth
constantly trying to control the water. So
these two elements together can bring
about particular natural disasters. Yang Water
carries the characteristics of powerful ocean
water -- strong and forceful. On the other
hand, you have the Yang Earth Dragon,
which is associated with mountain ranges
and the powerful energy of the land yet...it is
also the storage of water. These two elements
together forebode a year of natural disasters
such as earthquakes and floods. Generally,
there will be more tragedies relating to water,
particularly the ocean. Given that the Dragon
is considered one of the more mysterious
animals in Chinese metaphysics, some events
could occur in 2012 that are not so easily
The Chinese calendar moves in cycles of
60 years. Looking back to 1952 we will find
that there were many such incidences as
described above, worldwide.
The largest earthquake to hit the US
since the San Francisco shock of 1906 was
on July 21 1952 when a magnitude 7.5 earth-
quake (Richter scale) struck Tehachapi,
California. It claimed 12 lives and caused
property damage estimated at $60 million.
On November 4, 1952 there was a 9.0
magnitude megathrust earthquake resulting
in loss of life and a tsunami reaching the
Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, Chile and even New
On March 4 1952 Tokachi-Oki Japan
was hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit
resulting in the loss of 33 lives.
In 1952, Geelong in Victoria Australia
was hit by floods, as were Lynmouth UK,
Nebraska, Omaha and Missouri in the US. In
Cilaos, Reunion a massive 73 inches of rain
A toxic fog fell over London in December
1952 for four days and is still considered one
of the deadliest of all environmental disasters
resulting in many thousands of deaths.
From a Feng Shui perspective the energy
of metal is once again at the core and this
central influence is often indicative of
prevailing events throughout the course of
the year. Consequently, this is a very strong
signal that there will be adversities relating to
this element. This means that we could see a
greater incidence of flu or epidemics related
to the lungs.
The industries likely to perform
particularly well during the Year of the Water
Dragon are those related to the elements
of wood and earth. Some of the industries
connected with the wood element are
textiles, fashion, environment, furniture and
the media industry such as magazines and
publishing. These industries ought to see
strong activity and realise better profits than
in recent years. Earth industries, which
include mining, insurance, hotels, chemicals
and property, should see increased output
and productivity but also more competition.
The metal industries such as banking,
machinery, high tech, engineering and
the motor industry will be active but not
necessarily see reward for effort.
The businesses most likely to be
challenged during the coming year are those
of the Water element such as shipping,
transport and communications and those
of the Fire element such as finance, share
traders, energy, airline and entertainment.
These industries will find 2012 could lack
consistency and stability. Innovation is what
will keep the strong ones profitable.
In fact there is a strong influence of
innovation throughout 2012 and this will be
the key and those individuals and companies
who embrace originality will be highly
rewarded. If we go back in history, the first
British atom bomb was tested in 1952, as
was the first hydrogen bomb tested in the US.
Traditional Chinese medicine is also
based on the five elements and their
cycles. Water rules the kidney and impacts
on the immune system and sex organs.
Consequently, health concerns relating to
water such as immune system disorders,
kidney stones and urinary tract infections
could be on the rise. Additionally, dis-
orders relating to the earth element such
as cancer, stomach, muscular and cellular
conditions could increase throughout the
year. Therefore, immune system disorders
and inflammatory conditions could be
Throughout 2012, there will be a clash
that occurs for those born in the Year of the
Dog (1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982,
1994, 2006). For those born in these years
it's highly likely you will feel somewhat
restless and interested in making changes
in your life. It is advisable to be more
cautious and avoid extreme sports and high
adventure activities, thereby doing your best
to avoid accidents during the coming year.
It is also sensible to sidestep opportunities
for travelling towards the southeast. As an
additional precaution, wear a pendant of
the Rooster for some further symbolic
For those born in the Year of the Dragon
(1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976,
1988, 2000) this does not automatically
equate to a good year and so it is also
advisable to carry or wear a charm of the
Rooster as a precaution against frustrations
during the coming year.
With respect to Feng Shui, you will
find a troublesome influence coming from
the southeast bringing with it difficulties
and obstacles. If this part of your home or
business is very active such as an entrance,
family room, passage or living area then this
energy needs to be dealt with by placing an
all-metal wind chime or metal bell in this
area, particularly in the months of April,
October 2012 and January 2013.
In Feng Shui, good health is always given
a top priority for without your health and
vitality it is difficult to maintain harmonious
relationships and a vibrant career.
In 2012, the north resonates with the
force of sickness. This is also particularly
strong during the months of July and
October. Therefore you will require a string
of six metal coins to be placed in this area,
and this is particularly important if your
bedroom, kitchen or a major thoroughfare is
located in that sector.
Another destructive and scandalous
influence circulates in the northwest this
year. Hence, it is best to place three bamboo
stems (those that grow in water only) in a
clear glass vase at this point of your home or
The energy of arguments is located in
the southwest during the coming year and
so it could be valuable to place a red object
or the more traditional option of red paper
in this area to help minimise this negative
Finally, do not sit with your back against
the south, especially while you are working.
It is also not advisable to carry out large scale
construction work on established homes in
the southeast for the coming year. Place the
Dragon Tortoise to face the southeast as a
symbolic measure of protection against the
Grand Duke during 2012.
I hope you all stay well and happy
during 2012 and that the coming Year of the
Water Dragon will allow your plans to unfold
bestowing your family and loved ones with
great success and fulfilment.
Gong Xi Fa Cai
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